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66,617 people sought depression counseling help in Pennsylvania in the last year

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As a mental health professional for about 15 years, I have worked with a variety of families and persons of all ages face many aspects of mental healt... As a mental health professional for about 15 years, I have worked with a variety of families and persons of all ages face many aspects of mental health and life challenges, helping them develop coping skills and behavioral changes through various modalities. Read more

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I am a counselor who strives to create a safe place in which growth, self-expression, and autonomy are encouraged, in an environment that provides the... I am a counselor who strives to create a safe place in which growth, self-expression, and autonomy are encouraged, in an environment that provides the security, comfort, and validation to do so. Read more

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As a licensed clinical social worker with 30 years of experience, I have been privileged to witness that awareness is the greatest agent for change.

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What is your go-to approach for depression counseling?

My go-to approach for treating depression is to start where the client is, meaning what prompted them to come to therapy and what is weighing on them the most. My style is eclectic so I prefer to adapt my methods to meet their needs and this changes as therapy progresses. This allows for continued progress as the client's needs change.

What tools do you teach in depression counseling?

These are some of the tools or coping skills that I teach in therapy for depression:

  • Problem solving - looking at your situation to identify what you CAN do for yourself instead of only seeing the problem.
  • Mindfulness - techniques that increase your awareness and help you focus on being present in the moment and connecting you with your thoughts and feelings.
  • Grounding exercises - part of mindfulness often used to cope with feeling anxious or overwhelmed.
  • Communication skills - learning to express your thoughts and emotions appropriately to yourself and others, this includes listening skills.
  • Relaxation techniques - used to reduce stress, anxiety, and other symptoms as well as for self-care.
  • Stress management techniques including self-care.

How do you know when a client is making meaningful progress in depression counseling?

I know a client with depression is making meaningful progress when they report using skills that they learned in therapy successfully. Anytime someone reports that therapy is helping them feel better, that is progress. When someone is able to incorporate new coping skills into daily life and see their own progress, that is meaningful. Even small positive changes to your perspective and behaviors will have a significant and meaningful impact in your life.

What can clients do in their personal time to supplement depression counseling?

Clients can supplement their time in depression therapy by reading articles or books to increase their knowledge and understanding. I often make suggestions or send links to articles that are specific to their needs or concerns. If you find information on your own, it is always a good idea to ask your therapist to confirm that the information is accurate, especially for information found on social media or online videos.

What should someone do to prepare for starting depression counseling?

To prepare for your first therapy session for depression, there are many things you can do. Make a list of questions and/or concerns. Bring a list of any medications that you are taking: prescription, OTC, and supplements. Have a list of prior mental health treatments with dates and names if possible. But most of all, be kind to yourself and allow yourself to be open to the idea of exploring your thoughts and emotions.

Starting Depression counseling

What can counseling do for those who suffer with depression?

Depression counseling can help those with major depression, minor depression, postpartum depression, persistent depressive disorder, and more. The providers at Thriveworks in Pittsburgh, PA will develop a unique treatment plan based on your specific experience, needs, and goals.

Is it worth going to therapy for depression?

It is absolutely worth going to therapy for depression — depression counseling helps people better manage their symptoms and get back to living happier lives again.

How does depression counseling work?

Depression counseling works by helping people pinpoint life problems, distorted thought patterns, and other causes of their depression, then process and work through them in order to mitigate the negative effects those factors have on their lives.

Signs of depression

Common signs of depression include:

  • Consistent low mood
  • Fatigue
  • Irritability
  • Oversleeping or difficulty sleeping
  • Changes in diet (eating much more or less)
  • Withdrawal and isolation
  • Feelings of guilt or worthlessness
  • Feelings of hopelessness
  • Loss of interest in previous hobbies or activities
  • Excessive substance use

Is depression counseling conducted in person or online?

Thriveworks depression counseling in Pittsburgh, PA is conducted both in person and online by video. We encourage you to choose the option that works best for you.

How often should you attend depression therapy sessions?

Depression counseling can last for a few weeks, months, or longer, dependent on the severity of one’s depression as well as their needs and preferences.

How much does depression counseling cost?

At Thriveworks, we take most major forms of insurance, which means that many of our clients only pay a $0-$50 co-pay per session. However, there are also self-pay options that sit around $200 per session, depending on the service and location, for those who are out-of-network.

Pricing & insurance

Our therapists accept most major insurances. We accept 585+ insurance plans, and offer self-pay options, too.
Learn more about pricing for therapy and counseling services at Thriveworks.

Our Pittsburgh therapists and counselors accept 29 insurance plans

  • Aetna

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield | Anthem (Blue Card)

  • Carelon

  • Cigna | Evernorth

  • Cigna | Evernorth EAP

  • Cigna | Evernorth Medicare Advantage

  • Compsych

  • First Health Network

  • Geisinger Health Plan

  • Geisinger Health Plan Medicare Advantage (HMO | PPO)

  • Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield of Pennsylvania Exchange

  • Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield of Pennsylvania | Medicare Advantage

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Self-pay costs at Pittsburgh
Talk therapy

Talk therapy

Includes individual, couples, child/ teen, & family therapy

First session

$1

Ongoing sessions

$1

Talk therapy

Psychiatry

Includes reducing symptoms with medication & management

First session

$1

Ongoing sessions

$1

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Therapy has been a self care item on my list for a very long time... I have been avoiding the work as self reflection and honesty about yourself can be very hard. Brenda makes this process so easy! I am very happy I found her and Thriveworks. I have been doing the work and she makes it easy and heartfelt as we process through things in my life. Thank you!
Read more Therapy has been a self care item on my list for a very long time... I have been avoiding the work as self reflection and honesty about yourself can be very hard. Brenda makes this process so easy! I am very happy I found her and Thriveworks. I have been doing the work and she makes it easy and heartfelt as we process through things in my life. Thank you!
Pamela Jan 2024
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Where to find us

Getting here

Thriveworks Counseling & Psychiatry Pittsburgh is near Wood Street and Fourth Street. Our office is near University Center, and across the street from Madarin Gourmet.

Phone number

(412) 668-1226

Languages spoken by PA providers

  • Russian
  • English
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